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Te Wā Heke – Invent The Future

Science, technology and innovation are thriving in our city.

There are close to 1000 high and medium tech businesses in Lower Hutt and more than 3,700 people working in those areas. They make a big contribution to our economy. This also gives us a great opportunity. New ideas and technology are shaping the world, and changing our lives on a daily basis. So it’s never been more important to be up with the play, whether you’re a business, a city, or a member of our community.

We want to make sure Lower Hutt grabs that opportunity with both hands. That means businesses developing and thriving, new businesses moving here, people having the skills to support those businesses and a community that’s techsavvy so we can make the most of all the fantastic things to come.

We’re already doing some great work through our STEMM programmes, which focus on science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing. Now we’re bringing all of this work together under a new name, Te Wā Heke – Invent the Future. This name recognises that we need to embrace innovation in many sectors to handle the big trends and disruptive technologies that will change the way we do things.

Te Wā Heke includes Hutt Science, Innovative Young Minds, 1st Assembly, and the many STEMM activities at our hubs and libraries. And there’ll be new and exciting areas of work, like our Smart Cities programme:

Te Wā Heke will have something for everyone, and will help make sure we’re all ready for the next big thing.

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Hutt City Council -STEMM Festival Discovery Day

Experience it at Te Wā Heke Festival

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May

You’ll be able to see and try new technologies first-hand and discover how things like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robots and 3D printing are changing our lives.

Explore how new technology will change the way we build houses, move around the city, the types of work available, and even the foods that we eat. You’ll have the chance to learn about autonomous vehicles, see how an electric vehicle works, try weird and wacky future foods, play with robots and much more.

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